Walk into any department of any Fortune 500 company in the country, ask them how their department runs and you’re likely going to get a highly detailed answer that can be easily scaled from representing the big picture, all the way down to very granular details. This is a result of extreme organization and process control, and it starts with the management personnel in each of these departments.
Process control and organization are two of the most basic, fundamental traits of successful executive personnel because they lay the foundation for positive growth, sustainability and consistency—all things that drive overall success for a company. Being able to realize the need for these things within a work environment and having the ability to appropriately structure them in place can dramatically impact how everything from day-to-day operations to unforeseen changes are handled.
Realizing a need
Without organization, without process control, there remains a void that can only be filled by chaos and disorganization. Who’s to say that Person A is going to do things the same way that Person B will? Without a set system for accomplishing X, what’s to stop you from accidentally achieving Y or Z?
Success is bred from realizing the need for organization and process in areas that are currently without it—whether the situation is brand new or something that has remained unprocessed for too long. Being able to observe the situation, the variables in play and the desired result requires critical thinking and foresight—something that talented management professionals absolutely have to have, whether it’s natural or learned. And, once the need for organization and process control is realized, strategic planning and implementation can begin.
Retooling for adaptation
Organization and process are about more than just creation, however—they’re also about adaptation. Being able to retailor and retool existing process structures or organizational methods to more innovative versions of themselves is invaluable in evolving workplaces and something that cannot be overlooked in a company that seeks to stay current.
Sometimes the process can be bolstered with a simple change to a single variable; other times an entire overhaul is needed to correct a process that has gone awry or has become outdated. Successful leadership means identifying where the inefficiency or breakdown is occurring and implementing new organizational tools or process steps to correct the workflow sustainably.
Communicating the system
Finally, an organizational system or process is nothing without the ability to communicate it to those who are a part of it. If the process cannot be taught to those who will use it and communicated to those who may become a part of it in the future, it’s a process that lacks understanding and therefore is doomed to fail.
It’s the part of a successful manager to create and communicate a system that can be understood by all those encompassed within it. And, when the time comes to change or adapt the process, the system should be thoroughly understood as to accommodate this change successfully. Understanding accountability and goals are what drive organizational systems and processes within the corporate environment, and it starts with the right executive personnel traits.
This post was written by Dr. Stephen C. Schoonover